Travel doesn’t have to be expensive, why pay more?
LOOK OUT FOR CHEAPER BUS AND COACH FARES:
The 118 twins love spending time with friends and family but know that travel can be expensive, so they have put their heads together and found some of the best deals on bus and coach fares to share with you.
They’ve found websites and apps that can help you find tickets at better prices, and as they love a bargain as much as the rest of us, wanted to share what the found with you. After all, why pay the full price for a ticket if you can pay less?
Here are a few hints and tips that could cut your travel costs so you can still visit your loved ones and have some money left for having fun when you get there.
TAKE THE COACH AND SAVE CASH:
Taking the coach is the cheapest way to travel long distances so if your parents are in London and you live in Bristol it’s definitely worth comparing ticket prices in advance to make sure you get the best possible price and money. According to thetrainline.com a return train ticket this week from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington would cost £75.20/journey by train but only £20/journey by coach.
AND THERE ARE WAYS TO MAKE COACH TRAVEL EVEN CHEAPER:
- Promo tickets: The two big operators, National Express and Megabus, often have cheap promotional fares, especially during quiet months such as January and February. If you can book months in advance you are more likely to get special deals as they do tend to run out really quickly, so plan ahead.
- Coachcard: Just like Railcards, a Coachcard will save you money if you travel a few times a year. Check which provider covers the routes you need and apply. There are National Express Coachcard versions for students, seniors and families so they are definitely worth checking out if you plan to visit family and friends more than a couple of times a year.
- Bus tickets: Use Tesco Clubcard vouchers to buy Megabus tickets.
OUR TOP 4 BOOKING SITES:
- Coachfairer.com – compares 10 coach companies across 12 different countries.
- Operators’ own sites – often offer their own deals
- MoneySavingExpert – always worth checking for the latest travel deals available.
- Eurolines.co.uk – if family and friends are further away this site can provide good prices for Europe-wide travel.
WANT TRAVEL INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS? CHECK OUT THESE 5 USEFUL APPS WHICH WE RECOMMEND:
- TPExpress – the train ticket app
- Uber – the minicab app
- Skyscanner – the cheap flight app
- Tube map – to navigate the London underground app
- Hotel Finder – to find hotel room app
DON’T FORGET PARKING:
If you are not lucky enough to be within walking distance, driving to the station can end up being a significant additional cost to your travel plans.
Just make sure you plan how you are getting to the station in the first place. The station car parks could cost an additional £15 per day so think about park and ride, taxi, or local street parking (but you may need a local parking permit). Ideally ask someone nicely if they can drop you off and pick you up!